Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) Football Club created history when it lifted the Super League title for the third year consecutively since 2014.
The Southern Tiger squad managed by Mario Gomez confirmed the championship title this season when the club defeated bottom-placed Terengganu 3-0 at the Stadium Tan Sri Dato Hassan Yunos Larkin, last night.
JDT confirmed the title when it collected 42 points, with 10 points separating the team from its nearest rival, Felda United with two more games remaining.
Even sweeter, it was the second title for JDT this season after lifting the FA Cup via a 2-1 victory over Premier League team, PKNS FC at the Shah Alam Stadium on May 14.
At the Larkin Stadium, the homesters took the lead in the 29th minute through a penalty kick converted by imported striker from Argentina, to the joy of the more than 24,000 supporters of the Southern Tiger who were at the stadium.
The referee awarded the penalty after S Kunalan was brought down by visiting player Mohd Dhiyaul Rahman Hasry in the box.
JDT increased the lead when it scored the second goal in the 82nd minute via a penalty kick converted by skipper Safiq Rahim after Terengganu goalie Mohd Sharbinee Allawee Ramli brought down Diaz in the box.
Three minutes later, Diaz again found the net off a pass by winger Azammuddin Mohd Akil.
JDT will face T-Team at Larkin on Sept 24 before facing Malaysia Cup defending champion, Selangor in the final Super League match at the Shah Alam Stadium on Oct 22.
Melaka United is 2016 Premier League champion
Meanwhile, Melaka United confirmed their Premier League champion title this season despite a 1-1 draw with third-placed team, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT II) in the match at Stadium Hang Jebat Melaka, last night.
The draw enabled Melaka United to have a total of 49 points, seven points more than their nearest rival, PKNS FC with two more matches remaining.
The success enabled Melaka United managed by Mat Zan Mat Aris to qualify for the Super League next season.
In the encounter tonight, the homesters had to wait until the 75th minute before breaking the deadlock through striker, Yashir Pinto Islame before JDT II equalised through defender, Rafael De Jesus Bonfim in the 90th minute.
Melaka United team manager Mohd Yusoff Mahadi, when approached after the match, expressed his happiness with the result which enabled the team to be promoted to the Super League, next season.
“Supporters of Melaka United have waited for this moment when the team succeeded to lift the Premier League trophy tonight,” said Mohd Yusoff.
Meanwhile, PKNS FC also collected three full points after a narrow 1-0 win against bottom team, Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) at the Temerloh Municipal Council Stadium thanks to the goal from Matias Hadwa in the 33rd minute.
Negri Sembilan meanwhile defeated Kuala Lumpur 2-1 at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.
Also collecting three full points was Perlis who deat bottom-placed team, Sime Darby FC at Stadium Tuanku Syed Putra, Kangar.
Two goals for the Northern Lion were scored by Mohd Afif Amiruddin in the ninth minute and Charles Chad Souza in the 81st while the solitary goal for the visitors came from Obiikechukwu Charles in the 70th.
Meanwhile, two more matches involved DRB-Hicom FC and Sabah at Stadium Proton, Tanjung Malim while Kuantan FA faced UiTM FC at the Stadium Darul Makmur, with both matches ending in 2-2 and 1-1 respectively.